Upscale department store group Selfridges on Wednesday issued positive interim results when it revealed a six per cent rise in first half sales from the year-ago period on the back of brisk business at its flagship London store.

The group said sales at its Oxford Street store were up five per cent and 14 per cent ahead at its Manchester store in the 25 weeks to July 13 with strong interest in its men’s wear, women’s wear and leisure departments.

Finance director, Peter Williams, said: "We are very pleased with trading in the first half, particularly in Oxford Street where we have seen strong and consistent sales growth ... which is perhaps different from what other people have experienced in London."